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April 21, 2015
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From the Bar

2015 Barristers Benefit Ball Tickets—Last Chance!
Join us for the annual Barristers Benefit Ball this Saturday, April 25, at the Marriott City Center. Click here for ticket pricing and RSVP information.

Win Big with the Barristers Benefit Ball Raffle!
Watching Peyton Manning could be a pricy endeavor, unless you enter the Barristers Benefit Ball raffle. For $10, you’ll be entered to win any of the following: two tickets to see the Denver Broncos, a three night getaway in Breckenridge, four club level tickets to the Rockies, and other fabulous prizes! All proceeds benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Purchase your raffle tickets today by emailing dcolliersmith@cobar.org.

Interpreting Statutes in Colorado—Thursday, April 23
As the legislature proves by adding, modifying and repealing them every year, statutes are the primary source of law in our legal system. They define everything from education financing to what constitutes a crime. Every attorney needs to understand how courts interpret statutes because, at some point, they will be asked what a statute means, how it applies to a new situation, or if it is unconstitutional. Kevin McReynolds and Brock Swanson will provide you with a framework for answering these questions in this one hour CLE. RSVP online, cost to attend is $5 and includes a continental breakfast.

Lawyers Are From Mars, Judges Are From Venus—Wednesday, May 6
Co-sponsored by the DBA Bench Bar Committee, Sam Cary Bar Association, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

You are invited to an evening of open dialogue with Denver area judges and attorneys. Is there is something you have always wanted to ask a judge? We want your questions! From “Do you want to be called when a motion has languished and there has been no ruling?” to “What’s your favorite place in Denver for a burger and craft beer?” Join us at the DBA Offices from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Two CLE credits requested. Click here to register.

Complimentary CLE on Family Law Basics—Wednesday, May 6
Join attorneys from The Harris Law Firm on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 5 p.m., for a family law program and then volunteer for Legal Night at El Centro San Juan Diego. The CLE will cover the fundamentals of family law for people who do not typically practice in the area. One general CLE credit is available and the event is free for anyone who volunteers at Legal Night on May 6 or at a later date; otherwise, the cost is $10. RSVP to Meghan Bush at mbush@cobar.org or 303-824-5303, and please include if/when you will volunteer at Legal Night and your area of practice. Click here for more information on Denver Legal Nights.

Seniors’ Spring Banquet—Wednesday, June 3
Honor the DBA members who have been admitted to the bar for 50 years at the DBA Seniors’ Spring Banquet on Wednesday, June 3. The banquet will be held at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Drinks begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., and the presentation of honorees at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $50 and all are invited. RSVP with your meal choice (Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian) and all attendee names to Alexa Drago or 303-824-5313. Click here to see a list of this year’s honorees.
Annual Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament—Monday, June 8
Save the date for the annual Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 8, at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. A buffet lunch will begin at 12 p.m. with a 1:15 p.m. shotgun to follow. There will be two formats as in years past: the Champions division or best ball, and the Challenge division or scramble. Sign up as an individual or as an incomplete foursome and we will assign you to a team or help you complete your team. Please complete a registration form here. Questions? Contact Alexa Drago at adrago@cobar.org.
A Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations and 24th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations—May 14 and May 15
The 2015 Primer is designed to introduce practitioners to more general aspects of the laws governing the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations, obtaining and retaining tax-exempt status, taxation of unrelated business income, the distinctions between nonprofit entities, and operational issues for tax-exempt organizations. The Institute will present a comprehensive analysis of legal issues of concern to nonprofit organizations. The program will benefit attorneys, key representatives of nonprofit organizations, including board members, executive directors, chief financial officers, accountants, and representatives of governmental agencies. Click here to register for the Primer, and here to register for the Institute, or here to register for both!
The Honorable John Webb on Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument—May 21
Learn how to: Write more persuasively by being clearer, shorter and livelier; give a powerful oral argument, including how to handle questions from the bench; and identify and avoid ethical problems unique to appellate practice. The day also includes an interactive in-class writing exercise, so you can practice your new skills immediately. Register now!

From the Legal Community

Waiting to Exhale—Thursday, April 30
Join us for a community conversation and panel discussion about moving toward solutions to improve relationships in the community with law enforcement and the justice system. This event is sponsored by CBA Criminal Law Section and the Sam Cary Bar Association and will take place on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. Click here for more information.

Support the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk—Saturday, May 2
Support a runner, or sign up to run! Participate in the Seventh Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, May 2, at Barr Lake State Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit access to justice programs and Sean May’s family. Register here.

From the Courts

Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel: Practice and Financial Monitor Class— Wednesday, May 6
The Colorado Supreme Court emphasizes education and programs to help lawyers meet their professional obligations; these include diversion and probation programs with periods of practice and financial monitoring. Chip Mortimer with Colorado Attorney Regulation will provide detailed information about the attorney regulation process, including common issues and outcomes. You’ll learn about the forms of discipline allowed under the rules governing lawyer regulation cases, and different processes for imposing discipline, plus about the role of practice monitors and financial monitors, and the conditions under which they serve. He will explore the ways monitors work with respondent lawyers and the Office of Attorney Regulation and the rules that apply to that the performance of the duties of a monitor. The class is offered for three ethics credits—find out more or register now!

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